KEARNEY — Brad Kernick connects with automobiles and with the reminiscences that accompany these automobiles.
“I believe most individuals who personal basic automobiles wish to relive their childhood,” he mentioned in an interview selling the upcoming Cruise Nite occasions. “It takes them again to a enjoyable portion of their lives. For many, that may be highschool or that period. Males, significantly, are very intrigued by automobiles whereas rising up.”
For some, that curiosity by no means falls away.
“To have a basic automobile — or to see a basic automobile — that rekindles these pleased reminiscences,” Kernick mentioned. “That’s what it’s all about.”
Kearney celebrates its automotive heritage every July when Kernick and different members of Central Nebraska Auto Membership current Cruise Nite. The six-day occasion, July 16-21, sometimes attracts a whole lot of basic, classic, restored and collectible automobiles to Kearney. The biggest occasion, the Present & Shine in Downtown Kearney: The Bricks on July 20, will characteristic 500-600 automobiles.
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“We get momentary management of the downtown space and we’ll have a complete bunch of automobiles down there,” Kernick mentioned. “Over the previous a number of years we’ve had automobiles from eight or 9 states that come to take part in our occasion. We’ll have a pleasant meals courtroom within the Metropolis Corridor parking zone that can characteristic all completely different sorts of meals distributors.”
Cruise Nite started greater than 30 years in the past with a chance for homeowners of basic automobiles to collect and present their automobiles. In the course of the a long time, the occasion has grown to incorporate numerous elements whereas maintaining true to the celebration of central Nebraska’s automotive heritage.
“Final yr we added excursions of Blueprint Engines,” Kernick mentioned. “We’ll try this once more this yr.”
One of the crucial standard occasions, the basic automobile tour of assisted residing and nursing dwelling services on July 17, brings the restored automobiles to residents who could have problem attending different occasions.
“Now we have added a cease on the Central Nebraska Veterans’ House into the tour,” Kernick mentioned. “That was one thing that wanted to occur and we be ok with that. That occasion has continued to develop and develop. It’s form of cool to see individuals sitting in garden chairs in parks and, after all, the residents of the nursing and assisted residing houses, they prove in nice numbers to see the automobiles.”
The parade of automobiles follows a schedule so the residents can see probably the most variety of automobiles within the shortest size of time.
“If this can be very sizzling, these senior residents gained’t have to sit down out within the sizzling, sizzling, sizzling any longer than they must,” he mentioned.
The Cruise Nite steering committee introduced again the Engine Constructing Contest, that includes Southeast Neighborhood School college students. Two groups try and reassemble two engines. The primary group to start out the engine wins. The groups normally can get an engine operating in lower than 15 minutes.
“To see these younger individuals work their tailfeathers off to try to get that engine reassembled, in opposition to the clock, is fairly attention-grabbing,” Kernick mentioned. “That will probably be well-attended. And for those who’re a teen questioning, ‘What ought to I do with the remainder of my life?’ you may see that and go, ‘You recognize what? That could be a superb factor for me to do as a profession.’ So, it’s form of a recruiting software for Southeast Neighborhood School.”
Cruise Nite offers a chance for a various group of individuals to share their love of basic automobiles.
“That’s one factor in regards to the automotive passion — there are completely different strokes for various of us,” mentioned Kernick. “Some individuals like sports activities automobiles, different individuals like muscle automobiles and others like race automobiles. My son loves pickups and vehicles. That’s what actually catches his eye.”
As a board member of the Traditional Automobile Assortment. Kernick acknowledges that completely different individuals take pleasure in several types of automobiles. He compares it to consuming as a restaurant.
“In case you and I am going right into a restaurant, I’m fairly positive we’re not going to order the identical factor,” he mentioned. “It’s the identical approach with automobiles. Individuals go together with what they like. That’s what’s cool about it.”